The piece that Judith Miller is working on for the Atlantic appears to be a profile of Libya’s Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to sources familiar with the magazine or with Miller’s activities. Earlier this week, Miller told the Media Mob she had recently returned from the Middle East.
According to one source, Miller’s Atlantic piece was assigned months ago, before the March 1 appointment of James Bennet to be editor. It is unclear whether Bennet, who was the Times‘ Jerusalem bureau chief while Miller was reporting on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction for the paper, plans to run the piece. Bennet declined to comment yesterday on Miller’s reporting assignment.